Wheatley Hills 34 Old Crossleyans 14
Fax winger Rob Worrincy tormented Old Crossleyans as he played a key part in Wheatley Hills’ North One East success.
Worrincy, who last week was suspended for six months after being found guilty of breaching the RFL’s rules relating to betting, took his frustrations out on a Crocs side who were once again missing 10 first team regulars.
The 29 year old flyer used his pace and strength to good effect throughout, and also popped up with a fine solo score to complete the try scoring.
Both teams played fast, open rugby early on with Matt Schofield tackled a metre short and Will Travis spilling the ball in the tackle before Jack Hammond and Boj Sembi were repelled by a resolute defence.
Wheatley Hills had their moments in attack and opened the scoring when Crocs infringed at a lineout. From the scrum 15 yards out, the ball was fed back and Hills were forced into touch at the corner. The hosts stole the ensuing lineout and No8 Tom Buckenham forced his way over out wide, Mark Sanderson missing the conversion.
Hills increased their lead when Worrincy again caused problems, and when the visitors were caught offside Sanderson stroked over the penalty for 8-0.
A period of fierce exchanges ended with Hills adding to their tally, Sanderson skirting around the defence to stretch over at the flag for 13-0.
Crocs responded with substitute flanker George Hammond making a break from halfway. He was well supported by Schofield and Travis which led to No 8 Tony Oxley going close, but the ball was recycled and Jack Hammond wriggled over at the posts with Chris Vine converting.
Crocs made a good start to the second half but they were undone when George Hammond spilled the ball in contact. Hills pounced and good inter-passing took Dan Undy in under the posts, Sanderson adding the extras.
Once again Crocs re-grouped and Billy Hammond was forced into touch before Brian broke through but elected to pass with only the full back to beat. Second row Oli Coyne and Sembi also tried to break through but the home defence held firm.
The visitors did grab the points their play deserved when Billy Hammond was taken out by a late shoulder charge from Andrew Penno.
Chris Seymour kicked to the corner and from the lineout Crocs ran the ball at the home defence.
George Hammond went close before Travis repeated the drive and fed Jack Hammond who went in by the posts, Vine adding the extras for 20-14.
It was nip and tuck again before Hills stretched their advantage through James Montgomery’s try and Sanderson’s conversion after which Worrincy put the seal on a strong individual performace when he received the ball on halfway and curved his run to the far corner, evading a host of would be tacklers, Sanderson kicking the final goal.